On Tuesday afternoon Alberta's politicians sounded off on the news that a federal judge had ruled that the Liberal government was 'unreasonable' in invoking the Emergencies Act during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Alberta's Premier Danielle Smith released a statement alongside the province's Minister of Justice, Mickey Amery.
"Since Day 1, Alberta has been clear that the federal government’s decision to invoke the Emergencies Act during the COVID-19 pandemic violated the constitutionally guaranteed rights of Albertans and gave the federal government the ability to seize property without due process of law," the statement read in part.
Premier Smith, wasn't the only Alberta politician to applaud the court's decision. A local Member of the Legislative Assembly (MLA) for Airdrie-East, Angela Pitt shared her thoughts on her official Facebook page.
"It's a little late as so many rights were violated but I'm happy to see this ruling," Pitt wrote.
MLA for Airdrie-Cochrane, and the province's Infrastructure Minister, Peter Guthrie, echoed his colleagues sentiments on X.
The federal government’s use of the Emergencies Act during the COVID-19 pandemic has been ruled unconstitutional.— Peter Guthrie (@PeterGuthrie99) January 24, 2024
While their intent to appeal is disappointing, Alberta will be prepared to intervene should it move ahead.#abpoli pic.twitter.com/3zlDYlvsNR
In their joint statement, Smith and Amery did, however, express disappointment at the government's indication that it will be appealing the decision.
"The unnecessary use of the Emergencies Act set a dark and dangerous precedent, and if the federal government does not acknowledge that fact, Alberta will continue to champion the charter rights of Albertans and all Canadians. We continue to review the Federal Court’s reasons and will be prepared to intervene in the federal appeal should the government move ahead.”
In his written decision, Federal Justice Richard Mosley stated that, 'the decision to issue the Proclamation does not bear the hallmarks of reasonableness – justification, transparency and intelligibility – and was not justified in relation to the relevant factual and legal constraints that were required to be taken into consideration.'
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